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How to Store Jewelry to Keep it Tarnish and Scratch Free in a Box or Closet

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Over time, you may notice that some of your jewelry loses its like-new appearance and becomes scratched and tarnished. There are several reasons why this happens, but the good news is that much of it is avoidable if you know how to store them correctly.

Keep in mind that some materials will tarnish or dull faster than others. The same is true for metals that resist scratching, such as tungsten.

You’ll want to keep the harder metals away from the softer ones, such as gold, which will help prevent scratching from occurring.

What follows are a few tips in helping to keep your jewelry looking in like-new condition and having to clean them fewer times.


Jewelry Ziplock Bags

A simple Ziplock bag can keep rings, bracelets, and necklaces from dulling due to the effects of tarnish. This is because it limits exposure to the outside air which contains particles that over time can dull and tarnish some types of jewelry. You’ll want to choose the right jewelry Ziplock bags that fit the pieces you want to keep looking in like-new conditions, such as items that are worn for special occasions.

In addition, by individually sealing each piece of jewelry inside a Ziplock bag, it helps prevent the scratching that would otherwise occur when coming into contact with other pieces of your jewelry collection.

Small Jewelry Cloth Bags

Cloth bags have been a part of jewelry storage for a long time. The cloth protects the jewelry from coming into contact with other pieces and limits scratching. The small cloth bags are perfect for jewelry that is made from harder metals, which might scratch the softer metals, such as gold, which make up your other pieces.

Of course, putting individual pieces that have been placed in Ziplock bags add to the protection, so you will want to consider that when using cloth bags.

Anti-Tarnish Strips

Tarnishing is a chemical reaction that occurs when certain metals, such as aluminum, brass, silver, and copper to name a few, comes into contact with a substance that causes corrosion to occur. While oxygen is one of the primary culprits, tarnishing can also occur from being exposed to dust, dirt, and other debris.

These are strips that help prevent tarnishing from occurring in the first place. They are a little more expensive, but still reasonably priced and can keep your jewelry looking like it had just been purchased. Your first priority with anti-tarnish strips is to place them with jewelry that are crafted from materials which may easily tarnish.

Metals which do not easily tarnish, such as stainless steel or tungsten will not require anti-tarnish strips and they can be kept separately from your other jewelry.

If you follow a few of these tips, you can keep your jewelry looking in like-new condition for a long time.

It does help if some of your jewelry is made from materials that resist tarnishing and are hard enough to keep from scratching easily, but in the long run you can make some simple, inexpensive choices in how to keep them looking like new.